Arts & EntertainmentMoviesMovies Now

Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow caper 'Mortdecai' set for February

MoviesEntertainmentJohnny DeppGwyneth PaltrowPaul BettanyLiam NeesonJeff Bridges

"Mortdecai," an upcoming action-comedy starring Johnny Depp as a roguish art dealer, will open Feb. 6, Lionsgate announced.

Based on the the novels of Kyril Bonfiglioli, "Mortdecai" follows the globetrotting rake Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) as he races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Along the way, he has to deal with the Russian mob, British intelligence, an international terrorist and his "impossibly leggy wife."

Depp's co-stars include Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany and Olivia Munn. The film is directed by David Koepp ("Premium Rush"), from a script he co-wrote with Eric Aronson and Peter Baynham.

PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times

Lionsgate chief executive Jon Feltheimer said during a conference call with analysts in November that the studio sees Mortdecai as "a franchise-able character in the vein of 'The Pink Panther.'"

At the moment, however, Depp's stock isn't riding too high. News of the "Mortdecai" release date comes on the heels of a dismal opening for Depp's most recent movie, the $100-million techno-thriller "Transcendence," which took in a paltry $11 million at the domestic box office over the weekend.

Depp's two previous high-profile films, "The Lone Ranger" and "Dark Shadows," also fizzled.

"Mortdecai's" Feb. 6 release date pits it against the Liam Neeson hitman movie "Run All Night" and the fantasy tale "Seventh Son," starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.

ALSO:

Barbie coming to the big screen in live-action comedy for Sony

Quentin Tarantino's Gawker lawsuit dismissed, but case not dead

Lupita Nyong'o is People's 'Most Beautiful': What's her next move?

Follow @ogettell

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
MoviesEntertainmentJohnny DeppGwyneth PaltrowPaul BettanyLiam NeesonJeff Bridges
Comments
Loading